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Nelson Atkins Museum

Last week, while I was in Kansas City, I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

This kind of stuff makes me weak in the knees:

I enjoyed viewing this Chinese orchestra:

And revisiting Persephone by Thomas Hart Benton:

The Chinese temple exhibit is one of the Nelson’s great glories:

This Stonehenge is one I don’t remember seeing before:

But the crowning jewel of the Nelson collection?  This Caravaggio of St. John the Baptist.  It’s gut-punching in person:

China cabinet

Amongst the items I inherited from Aunt Esther is this antique china cabinet.  This stood in the alcove in her dining room on Clinton Street in Columbia.

Filled with memorabilia from her life, it stayed with her at Foxwood Springs in Raymore, Missouri until her dying day.  And then a month later it found a home in my own dining room.

This china cabinet now holds priceless memories: my mother’s collection of Fireking Jadeite china, Grandma Carter’s formal china, Grandma Blocher’s stemware, a few pieces of Great-Grandmother Blocher’s china, some of my mother’s crystal serving dishes, serving bowls from various relatives, and so on.  Plus a lovely bone china set I purchased at an antique store in Indiana 15 years ago.

And sitting beside the china cabinet is my Grandma Carter’s violin.